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Kerr launches school supply donation campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is marking the back-to-school season with a school supply donation campaign through the Kerr Cares for Kids Foundation, the regional retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

On Thursday, each Kerr store set up a bin to collect donations of new school supplies, ranging from paper and pens to notebooks and backpacks. Supplies will be collected until Sept. 15 and will be donated to local charities.

"Kerr Drug is a leader in the healthcare industry because of our dedication to community pharmacy," Kerr CEO Tony Civello said. "What better way to give back to the communities we serve than by helping children prepare for school."

Other chains have launched similar initiatives. On Tuesday, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs launched a school supply donation drive under a partnership with manufactures Mead, Avery and Bic. The Bartell drive will last through Aug. 28, and supplies will be donated to a local charity where teachers can obtain supplies for underprivileged students.

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Personal massager business equals big opportunity, C&D chief says

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. — Church & Dwight will be placing some significant heft behind its Trojan brand in the coming year with the launch of a line of full-sized personal massagers under the Trojan brand.

"This is a category of new white space for our Trojan brand to enter," James Craigie, C&D’s executive chairman, CEO, interim president of domestic personal care division and member of executive committee, told analysts during a conference call Thursday. "It represents a major launch-and-growth opportunity because we estimate that the total vibrations category currently has up to $1 billion in retail sales with no clear branded leader," he said. "Our total Trojan vibrations business had a 35% increase in gross sales in the second quarter versus a year ago, and achieved a record quarterly share of over 61%, up 6 points versus a year ago."

Craigie affirmed that the company’s market-leading Trojan condom business is faring well despite the slight loss of market share year-to-date. "Quite honestly, the competition’s coming from the Ansell [Healthcare Products] company," he said. Ansell fields the Lifestyles brand of condoms and intimacy health products. "They’ve had some gains in distribution … that have cost a couple of tenths [of share] off us." With regard to Durex, recently acquired by Reckitt Benckiser, there’s been no sign of any increased activity, he added.

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PLMA: Consumers can save more than 35% when buying store brands

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Consumers heading to the grocery store this summer can garner more than 35% in savings if they buy store brands, according to a pricing study conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association.

PLMA said its study tracked tracked pricing for 30 grocery items — both food (i.e., hot dogs, barbecue sauce, etc.) and nonfood items (i.e., charcoal, paper plates, foil, etc.) — over a six-week period at a conventional supermarket. The study results indicated that consumers who opt to purchase the private-label brand for products on the list, versus than the national brand, on average could save $44.04 off their total market basket — a savings of 35.7%. PLMA drew this conclusion after making six separate trips with the total bill costing $123.23 for national brand purchases and $79.19 for private-label purchases.

According to PLMA, private-label items today account for nearly 1-in-4 grocery products sold.

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